Four rabbits hunt for Easter eggs in this variation on the familiar children’s call-and-response game about going on a bear or lion hunt.
The attractive cover shows the quartet of rabbits, with three adults and one baby bunny, as they set out on their hunt through a farm and surrounding countryside. The design features double-page spreads with flaps that conceal tiny animals and Easter eggs, numbered in order. These spreads alternate with scenes showing different groups of animals that the rabbits must pass among as their egg hunt continues. With each group met, the simple text includes the familiar refrain: “Can’t go over them. Can’t go under them. Can’t go around them. Got to go through them….” This continues until the rabbits find a huge, blue egg, which folds down to reveal a wolf. “Ruuuuuuuuunnnn!” Back through the ducks, bees, chicks, and lambs, until the rabbits reach their own cozy house and slam a flap door to keep the wolf out. Lunch is chocolate Easter eggs, of course. Vibrant, pastel-hued illustrations draw readers in with amusing rabbits, pleasant country settings, animal sounds, and a just-scary-enough wolf. This cleverly constructed story can be read closely, counting the eggs up to 10 and back down again and enjoying tiny details in the busy illustrations, or at speed with equal satisfaction.
Intriguing illustrations, classic story structure, and irresistible rabbits add up to a winning Easter-themed treat. (Picture book. 3-6)